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I'm a freelance illustration and visual development artist and currently available for freelance positions, contract work, and full time employment. More of my personal work, sketches and ressources can be found at my Art Blog.
Specialities: Environment design, character design, conceptual art and visual development.
Software abilities: Photoshop with working knowledge of Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat.
If you feel inclined to inquire about pricing or anything else, don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Residence:Eberswalde, Germany/Earth/Sol-System/Orion-Cygnus arm/Milky Way/Virgo Cluster/Virgo Supercluster/at Capricornus Void down the Pavo-Indus Supercluster-Road
Favorites: digital painting, sketchbooks, pencils, tea, colours, green especially.
Music: Incubus, Nada Surf, Idlewild, Feeder, Insomnium, Foo Fighters, Death Cab for Cutie, Helios, Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Tryo, Kettcar, also the Hardcore History podcast and Chris Oatleys ArtCast.
As most of you might don’t know, to keep working was always a struggle for me. I was able to paint in a straight manner for one or two weeks in a row, but became frustrated by the slow progress. I always had the looming feeling I could do more, and knowing exactly how, without actually doing it.
I noticed my circle of good working weeks and procrastination at some point, but never found a way to simply break it. But, a few weeks ago, I found a simple solution, which I want to share.
I use an old windows desktop app called Yahoo Widgets for some years by now, more precisely the CalendarApp, which has an integrated To-Do List. It is an old but very reliable piece of software, where I was creating my tasks and events to keep me updated. And as I begun to paint, I also began to use it to structure my working schedule.
The To-Do list works very simple, you can create groups and assign a colour to it, to categorize your tasks or events, and give those priorities too. They then can be checked with a click on the checkbox and vanish or stay there. I preferred to simply delete them.
It felt good to delete tasks but it didn’t motivate me for long, because they simply vanished (or stayed there checked).
But a few weeks ago I had get the idea to create a group for completed tasks, and change the group of an accomplished task accordingly. It sounded very simple to me, and I was sure to just simple test and delete it afterwards. But seeing the completed tasks for the day motivated me to do even more.
Soon afterwards I had a long list full of complete tasks, and was full of motivation for the next day.
This visual change on my desktop created a feedback and reminder for me, I hadn’t before. As for the most of us, comments and critiques can be motivating, and in the form of constructive comments helpful. But relying on them as a source of motivation can be draining. Sometimes I was feeling crushed by the lack of any reaction to artworks I spend days with. And I knew very well that this wasn’t a good way to create art.
As we can’t create art we are proud of every day, and the effort to learn our craft be long and painful, a reminder of our daily accomplishments can be helpful
As I was learning through James Clear’s blog, it can be better to divide big tasks into smaller ones to get results without feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of the work, especially when learning something takes more than one day. And to be more precise in what I want to accomplish exactly and when, also improved my motivation.
As this simple change made a big difference in my daily working life, I hope it will help others too.
You can get the Widgets app (which is no longer supported by Yahoo) and the app here
PS.: writing this thing was also on the list, and I wasn’t motivated to write it, because Fallout 4 is looming already. But hell yeah!Stay tuned and fly save